Jane Scott Memorial at Rock Hall, August 28, 2011

30 08 2011

Jane Scott, hard at work

I was among the many speakers at the Rock Hall on Sunday, August 28 to honor and pay tribute to Cleveland’s legendary rock writer Jane Scott…I got through my prepared remarks but skipped a few lines under the pressure…so posting here as they were originally written:

 The very first time I bumped into Jane Scott was at the Rolling Stone Teen Club in Brookpark for a Bob Seger and the Last Heard show. I was a teenager seeking out rock and roll. There might have been 20 other kids there. To us, she looked out of place. But what I learned was that Jane never was out of place. Like so many of you, over the years, I encountered that silly giggle of Jane’s in countless situations. When I worked for MCA Records, Jane would saunter in in her white gogo boots to listen to some advance release in Mr. Green‘s office. And all the girls in the order dept would whisper, Jane Scott’s here. At some point in our friendship, I got to be on her annual Christmas party invite list and join the inner sanctum, and it was a huge thrill going there the first time, seeing pictures of her with famous rockers scattered about her small apartment with her collection of scarves and cool hats. And like a polite hostess she always introduced you to everyone in the room.

To me that’s symbolic of what Jane did for an entire generation. Jane stood as the fearless observer, notebook in hand, really listening, and telling us all the behind the scenes stories of every performer’s life, which made us want more. And she also reached behind her, turning to ask the audience what they thought, wondering who these kids were showing up to listen to that crazy Persecution Smith song, validing our right to assemble at the alter of rock and roll.

Today, when I look back at Jane’s style, she was sort of the newspaper equivilant of Facebook wasn’t she? But she encouraged you to leave your house and find the front of the stage. The first t-shirt we made at the Beachland I had Derf create a cartoon scene of some rocker on our stage shouting out Hello Cleveland, like so many of them do, but I asked him to specifically put an image of Jane standing right in front of the action. The thing I hope we always remember, and that we find a way to pass on in this city, is her undying dedication to live music.  Just put a peanut butter sandwich in your purse or in your pants pocket…and go. –Cindy Barber

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Roots Rock in the ‘Summertime’; real Mothers (of Invention) for ya

11 02 2011

According to the ever-reliable Weather Underground site (home of some nifty, near-psychedelic graphics), it’s practically going to be summertime this weekend, people, with highs in the 30s. Get crazy! Doff that winter cap! Shuck those long johns! Hell, you might even turn off your infrared space heater and save some pennies in the process.

 

This Moment In Black History, Friday night. From Hillytown.com

This heat wave’s a timely one, too, as we have quite a bit you should come and enjoy. On our Facebook page, the Beachland and her friends have been chatting up this weekend’s  Walk All Over Waterloo: Valentine Day’s Edition. We weren’t quite keen on bringing up the “v-word”, but there it is, lonelyhearts, you can’t escape it, you might embrace it, and if not, there’s some cheap n’ easy fun to be had on our block.  This Friday night features The Davenport Ball (with CLE bands covering Black Sabbath, The Replacements, Wilco, and others) at the Beachland, The Waterloo Alley Cat Fundraiser, and a special apperance by This Moment In Black History at Arts Collinwood.  Think of it as a rugged counterpoint to Tremont’s ArtWalk, but with cheaper drinks, easier parking, and actual rock n’ roll.

 

Hoots and Hellmouth, this Saturday

If hoedowns and throwdowns are more your style – that is, if twang’s your thang – our entire Saturday’s filled with variations on roots rock. Our 7 pm Tavern show features Long Road, a bunch of serious local singers and strummers with their take on 60s-style folk. Long Road features cats like Ray DeForest, Kevin Richards, and David Budin, all of whom have played a role in Roots of American Music, a music and education non-profit.  At 10 pm, the Tavern gets grimier with honky-tonk, hillbilly, and hardrock compliments of The Not So Good Ol’  Boys with Detroiters Doop and the Inside Outlaws.   Meanwhile, Beachland favorites Cabinet rock the Ballroom with the energetic and magnetic Hoots and Hellmouth:

ZAPPATISTAS: Sunday night features the return of a certain Bunk Gardner to his native home of Cleveland, Ohio. He’s performing with his old Mothers of Invention bandmate Don Preston under the straight-ahead moniker of  “The Don And Bunk Show”.  If you know anything about Frank Zappa and the Mothers of Invention, though, this music will be anything but straight-ahead:

And here they are, much grayer, but without a single musical misstep:

Curious? Read this AllAboutJazz.com article on these two ex-henchmen of the legendary Frank Zappa, and come by on Sunday night for The Don and Bunk Show, with opening act Cuda, Renko, and Cuda.

We hear it’s going to be warm on Sunday.
EAS





It’s A Vintage Weekend: Roy Loney (from the Flamin’ Groovies); The Hesitations

18 01 2011

Roy Loney, former Flamin' Groovies frontman, this Friday

Hello, Cleveland and Parts Beyond!  It’s been a while since we’ve utilized our Beachland blog, as we’ve shifted the heavy online PR lifting to social media sites like Facebook and Twitter.  We’re saving this blog space – and your precious time and attention – to shows we feel are truly special and worth more than a quick post or tweet.  This Friday and Saturday are filled to the brim with great musical acts – Roy Loney, from legendary 70s rockers The Flamin’ Groovies, and Cleveland soul group The Hesitations – that you couldn’t really see anywhere else.  So we’ve taken the time to get you hip to the sounds that are going down this weekend!

In many circles, Mr. Roy Loney needs no introduction. But to many others, he seems like a footnote in the annals of rock and roll.  Fortunately for Loney neophytes, we’ve got some Cleveland friends helping us tell the story of Loney and his band, The Flamin’ Groovies.  Former Mirrors drummer and CLE alum Michael J. Weldon shares his insights into Loney via the site for his shop, Psychotronic and Mia’s Bead Shop, which sells a wide variety of far-out rock and roll collectibles.  Please note that this is a thorough interview with Loney , so make sure to settle in a comfy chair!  http://www.psychotronic.com/psychotronic-interviews/roy-loney

Loney as new waver

For those of you readers pressed for time, here’s a quote from the Flamin’ Groovies’ bio, provided by the ever-essential Trouser Press, that sheds light on these San Francisco forerunners of punk, roots rock, and DIY record labels:

Starting out in San Francisco as early as 1965 (actually predating the Grateful Dead!), the Flamin Groovies were always out of step with the rock world. Ten years before bands routinely released their own independent records, the Groovies issued a 10-inch mini-album, Sneakers; in the ’70s, when that same do-it-yourself spirit was inspiring countless innovative bands to try and challenge the old boundaries, the Groovies retreated to make albums of beat group nostalgia, wearing period clothes and refusing to acknowledge that times had indeed changed.

Always more cult-popular and influential than commercially successful, the Groovies, led by irascible but talented guitarist/singer Cyril Jordan and (until 1971) singer/guitarist Roy A. Loney, always embodied the rebellious, youthful spirit that fueled punk, but held tenuously to their musical roots — ’50s American rock’n’roll and ’60s British pop. In effect, they provided inspiration for countless bands (how many covers of “Slow Death” can you name?) and are legendary for good reason.

So you’ve got your Groovies lesson, then. Let’s fast-forward to 1979, whereupon Mr. Loney solo career boasted a blasting sound akin to punk rock (warning: cute kid alert at the end):

Here’s a 2010 updating of a classic Loney tune, served up for the madwomen and madmen of Madrid, Spain:

Loney plays this Friday, January 21st, backed by former CLE surfoholics The Purple Knifs (Waitresses and Walkin’ Clampetts guys who’ll be playing a set of their own).  Also on the bill are Living Stereo, most recenly remembered for a powerhouse Halloween set covering the Sonics.

The Hesitations in their heyday. Performing 1 / 22.

Saturday night, we’ll have a homecoming of sorts for Cleveland’s very own Hestiations.  This 60s soul group’s brief career got them not only airplay in the States, but in Europe and especially in Great Britain.  That nation’s Northern Soul fans gobbled up singles like “Soul Superman”, “The Impossible Dream”,  “Who Will Answer”, and “You Can’t Bypass Love”:

“….the Hesitations are ready to work again; reunited in 2006 for a show at the Rock and Roll Hall of Fame and Museum, the four singers and five musicians discovered last March that they can indeed draw a crowd, headlining the Northern and Modern Soul Weekender in Prestatyn, North Wales and pulling 3,000 to 4,000.

The Hesitations will perform at the Beachland Ballroom on January 22, helping Beachland manager Mark Leddy celebrate his 51st birthday. A long-time fan of Northern Soul, Leddy says: ‘I generally use my birthday as an excuse to book some kind of show. Often, it’s a soul-oriented show, so it seemed like the thing to do.'” Carlo Wolff’s great, four-page article on The Hesitations on OhioAuthority.com

John Benson, writing for CoolCleveland.com, has also penned a profile of The Hesitations that’s brief and concise.  However, for the purposes of you, The Blog Reader, we’ll go back to YouTube vids that show the Hesitations in front of an enthusiastic UK crowd, having a good bit of cheeky fun with their hit, “Soul Superman”:

The Hesitations will perform on Saturday, January 22nd, with help from DJ Charles McGaw, and DJ Racecard, aka Lawrence Daniel Caswell, one of the voices on local NPR affiliate WCPN, bassist for the bands This Moment In Black History, Vernacular, and National Suicide Day, and all-around polymath.  It’s also the birthday party of Mark Leddy, one of the Beachland’s co-owners. Expect nothing but good tunes and good times.

Tickets are available at http://www.beachlandballroom.com.

EAS





Thursday: Elephant Stone, from Montreal

9 11 2010

 

Elephant Stone from Montreal, this Thursday.

Lovers of that delicious and lysergic mash, gobbled by those who hunger for pop and psychedelia, sizzling in their brains like electric fizzy candy? Look no further than this Thursday’s show with Montreal dudes Elephant Stone, named aftera great tune written by Brit Pop giants, The Stone Roses.

From Here We Go Sublime writes in a piece dating back to last year:

SITAR – a hippie’s instrument of choice usually comes off as pretty cheesy in most instances. However, Elephant Stone is an exception. Hailing from Montreal, Elephant Stone is one of the better psychedelic bands of the recent years. They are relatively unknown but the recent nomination for 2009 Polaris Music Prize should definitely help them to gain some publicity….Rishi Dhir who fronts the band has also done some sitar work on the last Black Angels album titled “Directions To See A Ghost”. Check out Rishi’s amazing sitar work on the track “Dee-Ree-Shee”:

Rishi once played in The High Dials, a band whose sound gained affection from not only the Beachland, but from the programmers at Little Steven’s Underground Garage.  Rishi, a swell guy if you’ve ever met one, plays a variety of instruments in this band, but as the blurb above says, he rocks the sitar. His untraditional approach  lays to rest stereotypes of Indians being incapable of ROCK ACTION. Then again, everything lays rest to rock action when you run it through an amp, loudly.

Here’s “Alap”, from The Glass Box EP, by Elephant Stone:

Opening this show are Cleveland favorites Chief Bromide and Hastings Refrigerator Company.

EAS





This Week, Part One: Menomena, Watson Twins, Basia Bulat

27 09 2010

"Poor Payton Hillis" (to the tune of "Poor Professor Higgins")

Feeling the near-October chill, Cleveland? Or do the Browns have you frozen with disappointment? Well, we’ve got something hot for you tonight, which is Monday, September 27th: Portland, Oregon’s art-rock trio Menomena, who don’t exactly tour the Midwest as frequently as we’d like, return to the Beachland tonight. Their riffs, grooves and tunes are how this dude keeps warm:


Watson Twins and Laura Veirs, this Tuesday

Substantially less hairy and more sultry are the Watson Twins, who play this Tuesday, September 28th, in the Tavern (tickets still available!). Compliments of our ‘friends’ at CBS, here the girls play the neo-60s “The Devil In You”:

Please leave your Watson Twins fantasies, marriage proposals, and shattered hopes of true rock n’ roll romance. On the other hand, if it helps you buy some of our beer, each and every one of our Beachland bar staff is well-trained in, er, alcohol counseling.

While we’re on the subject of ladies who rock, let’s forward to Canadian Basia Bulat, who performs here on Wednesday in support of her new album, Heart of My Own. Hear some of  her beautifully lonesome Northern tunes, evocative of changing leaves, tumbling gray clouds, and burning hearts on CBC Radio. Thanks, Canadia!

Basia Bulat, singer/songwriter, Canadian

Not only does Bulat have that tremulous voice, rich with Celtic romanticism, but she plays a mean autoharp. Yes, autoharp, that ancient instrument about which Bulat says, “You can kinda go anywhere with it, and there’s not really a lot of rules”.  Autoharps are relatively cheap, easy to play, and fun for everyone from wee ones to grandmas.  Here, Basia gives us a cheery primer on this multi-stringed wonder:

Basia, her voice, her band, her autoharp, and her totally fantastic hair will be here on September 29th. She’ll be performing with The Acorn (not to be mistaken as the nickname for our sister city 40 minutes south), and CLE kids The Modern Electric.

EAS





Walk All Over Waterloo, Friday, September 17th

13 09 2010

Abbreviate one of North Collinwood’s favorite sightseeing and shopping events–Walk All Over Waterloo–and you’ll spell out the word WAOW, which is a kitty-kat version of what the shops, vendors, artists and other Waterloo friends and family hope you’ll say on Friday, September 17th.  Starting at 6 pm, an all-star cast of Cleveland‘s finest hangouts and hideaways will enthusiastically cement Waterloo’s place as one of the hotter blocks in town, alongside such notables as Tremont, Ohio City, and the ever-expanding Gordon Square Arts District.

Your Walk All Over Waterloo team this time ’round includes superstars / ringleaders Music Saves, who’ll be offering discounts on CDs and vinyl; they’ll also have someone (they’re not saying who yet) performing at the store. Kevin and Melanie, Music Saves owners, have impeccable taste, so you can trust it’ll be someone good.

In addition, record dealers Blue Arrow Books and Records will celebrate the opening of their new Blue Arrow Boutique,  as well as lighting some of their new decor starting at 8:30 pm.  Boogie swing and jumpin’ blues combo, Madison Crawl, will play at 9 pm inside one of Cleveland’s old-school bar gems, the SS&W Boardwalk (right down from the Beachland. Just keep your feet moving and your eyes open).

The Cleveland Yo-Yo Club will do some swinging of their own,  displaying their skills and helping yo-yo newbies starting around 6 pm. Meanwhile, new Waterloo merchants Rebel City Tattoo and Salty Not Sweet will do some equally amazing tricks with your tight budget.  This Walk All Over Waterloo will also feature a special appearance by CLE Clothing Company, who’ll be taking over the old Shoparooni Annex (for one night only) in order to offer 3 for $50 deals on their unique and totally stylin’ CLE-centric t-shirts!

There’s plenty of fun inside the Beachland that same night: lovers of country and bluegrass can enjoy the Beachland Barn Dance, featuring the Hiram Rapids Stumblers, The Wax Wings, and One Dollar Hat; anyone who’s got any modicum of rock n’ roll taste can dig ex-Nerves / Plimsouls main man Peter Case, who’ll be playing in the Tavern that night.

The low-down on all this info can be found either on the Arts Collinwood site, or on the only social networking site that’s had a movie made about it, Facebook.  It’s where you’ll learn about schedule changes, curveballs, updates, and other very necessary data that’ll help you have a happy Friday, Cleveland-style.

Put on your Cleveland at Walk All Over Waterloo, September 17th. Image compliments of CLE Clothing Company


Note:  this Tuesday’s Jenny and Johnny show (Sept 14) should be a sell-out, so get your tickets by clicking on THIS link, or by calling 216-383-1124.  You can also contact retailers like Visible Voice Books (Tremont), Music Saves (Cleveland), Square Records (Akron), as well as other fine retailers.   The Tavern bar will open at 7 pm on this night; after the show, we’ll have a free afterparty with DJ Tom DeChristofaro from the Afternoon Naps.

Now, hurry up already. Get those tickets!





Spotlight on Danish band Efterklang

8 09 2010

Efterklang, September 9 @ Beachland

This time ’round on the Beachland blog, we hail the lovely sound of Danish collective Efterklang, who’ll play the Beachland Thursday, September 9th. Eftkerklang’s exotic but thoughtful compositions are pretty but capable of laid-back fun, always willing to take a walk in the Metroparks and on the Lake Erie shorelines, but also up for a glamorous night out painting the town red.  Efterklang keeps itself in shape, but also doesn’t mind binging on beers and a good cookout!  Efterklang’s looking for someone cool to hang out with–no headcases, please–between 21 – 35 years of age…ah, we’ve been on Chemistry.com too much of late, haven’t we?

Learn more about this band in this great Aurgasm interview.

Let’s take the time to also talk about Denmark and showcase its capital, Copenhagen, which also happens to be Efterklang’s home.

1. Copenhagen is home to the world-famous music Roskilde festival, one of Europe’s biggest.  Last year’s festival features such headliners as The Pet Shop Boys, Nick Cave and the Bad Seeds, and Grace Jones.

Tivoli Gardens at night

Image by Jamie Barras via Flickr

2. It’s also home to the famed Tivoli Gardens, the world’s second-oldest amusement park.

3. You can rent bikes in Copenhagen for free. Take that, gas-guzzling America!

4.Fueling up your bike trip, chow down on pølser (Danish hot dogs, essentially). If you choose dinner instead, you could have every kind of pickled herring dish imaginable–the Danes love this stuff–and complement it with beloved potato and bacon dish, Brændende kærlighed, which for all you Elvis fans, translates into “burning love”.


polser, the danish hot dog

5. Danes are pretty strict about obeying traffic lights. So should you jaywalk, they might think that you “træde i spinaten” (literally ‘trod on the spinach’, i.e. made a mistake) or even that you have “rotter på loftet” (‘rats in the attic’, which translates roughly into ‘crazy’)

6. If you just can’t get enough of Danes, check out this Danish Fun Fact Twitter Feed, where you might learn about sports like bunny hopping:

Oh, and they also love curling. They REALLY love curling:

Also on this bill–brought to you by our friends at the Grog Shop–is the wondefully noisy and unpredictable guitar duo of Buke and Gass, and Cleveland fave Leia Alligator’s Music Box.

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